Parents of children attending Swalecliffe Community Primary School who were concerned
about their children using biometrics to access the lunch line that talked to the school got "the right information understand the positives of this system."
Having heard many justifications for schools to use biometrics I was interested to see what "right information" Swalecliffe Community Primary School were giving to parents so I asked to see this via the Freedom of Information Act. Steve Clayton, the Business Manager also stated that this biometric system would save the school "essential funds" - brilliant! Seriously, any system that can save public tax payers money deserves consideration, so I also asked to see cost benefit analysis done on the biometric system.
Interesting that biometrics is finding it's way back into the primary school market. Previously fingerprinting primary age school children gave biometrics in schools bad press (hence my involvement when my 6 and 7 year old children were nearly fingerprinted without my consent in 2005).
Let's see what Swalecliffe's repsonse is - it's due by 21st February 2014.